Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break
Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break is a reality TV series created by GMA Network. This show is the second season of Protégé where Krizza Neri won in 2011. Unlike the previous season, the age limit has been set from 13 to 21 years old to find new acting talent. The show premiered on July 23, 2012 (Inside Protégé) and hosted by Jennylyn Mercado and under the direction of Albert Langitan, while the Protégé Gala Night premiered on August 5, 2012 and presented by Dingdong Dantes, together with Carla Abellana and Maxene Magalona. The gala nights were directed by Rommel Gacho.
|Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break|
Season's title card
|Created by||GMA Entertainment TV Group |
|Written by||Stann Go |
|Directed by||Albert Langitan (Inside Protege) |
Rommel C. Gacho (Protege)
Bert de Leon
Joey de Leon
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||77|
|Executive producer(s)||Reylie F. Manalo (Inside Protege) |
Erika D.V. De Leon (Protege)
|Running time||1 hour (Gala night) |
15 minutes (Inside Protege)
|Original network||GMA Network|
|Original release||July 23 –|
October 21, 2012
According to the show's fan page, there will be a "new kind of battle". Rumor has it that the incoming season will feature the other talent like acting or dancing and eventually will be an artista search like StarStruck did and it turned out to be true.
The show follows the same format as the previous season, except that it is no longer a singing competition but a talent artista search. Aspirants with ages 13 to 21 will be filtered until the two winners emerge - one male and one female protégé. In this battle, they are looking for a total package - an artist who can sing, dance, act, and possess that charismatic appeal over T.V. Like the first Protégé competition, this season will have judges/mentors who will be responsible for training and mentoring the chosen candidates.
Twenty contestants will then be selected from thousands of hopefuls. These 20 potential artists will live in the Protégé house complete with amenities including bedrooms for each contestant, a living room, dining area with 20 seating capacity, a rehearsal area where they can practice dancing, singing, and acting, and a confession room where they will be asked to explain themselves in case of issues within the house or if a task is to be assigned privately. They will also battle it out head to head for audience votes. The Protégé house was just recently blessed and featured over the news of GMA Network long before contestants reside there.
The winner will get a 5-year contract with GMA Network.
Judges, mentors and coachesEdit
There are five confirmed mentors for this season and their assigned location.
- Ricky Davao—Northern and Central Luzon
- Roderick Paulate—Mega Manila
- Gina Alajar—Southern Luzon
- Jolina Magdangal—Visayas
- Phillip Salvador—Mindanao
Aside from their respective mentors who serve as their guardian all the way through their journey, the protégés have coaches who also help them improve in their chosen craft.
|May 19, 2012||SM City Rosales||Rosales|
|SM City Marikina||Marikina|
|May 26, 2012||SM City Naga||Naga|
|SM City Baguio||Baguio|
|SM City San Pablo||San Pablo|
|June 1, 2012||SM City Bacolod||Bacolod|
|SM City Cagayan de Oro||Cagayan de Oro|
|June 2, 2012||SM City Iloilo||Iloilo|
|SM City Davao||Davao|
|June 7, 2012||SM City Cebu||Cebu|
|June 9, 2012||Capitol Grounds||Laoag|
|June 10, 20121||SM City Sucat||Parañaque|
|June 14, 2012||SM City Batangas||Batangas|
|June 16, 2012||SM City Pampanga||San Fernando|
|June 18–20, 20122||SM Mall of Asia||Pasay|
- ^Note 1 The original schedule of auditions in SM Sucat is May 20, 2012
- ^Note 2 The original schedule of auditions in SM Mall of Asia is June 20–21, 2012
After the city auditions, Protégé also gave the hopefuls an alternative way to audition via online.
After a series of auditions, a mentor chose eight hopefuls from the shortlist and those who passed from the online auditions. These eight aspiring protégés, which were composed of four boys and four girls, were called to come back for the final deliberation to determine the official four protégés. The other four protégés who were not chosen were eliminated.
The twenty semifinalists who failed to advance in the finals are as follows:
|Mentor||Location||Male protégés||Hometown||Female protégés||Hometown|
|Gina Alajar||Southern Luzon||Allan Arnold Palma||Ivana Jane Villanueva|
|Evan James Evia||Shara Jane Chavez|
|Jolina Magdangal||Visayas||Jhaymes Clark Caracuel||Cebu||Cris An Chavez||Bacolod City|
|Kier Stephen Durano||Danao City||Kerchedel Allyssa Concepcion||Bacolod City|
|Phillip Salvador||Mindanao||Archimedes Udaundo||Davao City||Pauline Go|
|Tomas Monteverde||Trixia Pearl Ebita|
|Ricky Davao||Northern & Central Luzon||Isaac Jacob De Leon||Dale David|
|John Cristopher Danan||Kathryn David|
|Roderick Paulate||Mega Manila||Jason Salvador||Nicole Donesa|
|Jimmy Noccon||Xzania Ketz|
Originally, there were four protégés per mentor for this season, totaling twenty protéges. However, during the first week of Top 10, each mentor chose one of his or her remaining protegés to stay under his or her guidance. The protégés who were not chosen were later picked by other mentors, making a new protégé-mentor tandem.
The twenty finalists were confirmed as follows:
- – Winner
- – Runner-up
|Gina Alajar||Mykel Ong||20||Batangas|
|Thea Tolentino||15||Calamba City|
|Zandra Summer||18||Cebu||Originally Jolina Magdangal's protégé|
|Jeric Gonzales||19||Calamba City||Originally Gina Alajar's protégé|
|Mikoy Morales||18||Roxas City|
|Phillip Salvador||Apple Vega||20||Dipolog|
|Arny Ross||21||Dasmariñas||Originally Gina Alajar's protégé|
|David John Llanas||19||Cagayan de Oro|
|Ricky Davao||Bryan Benedict||21||Cebu||Originally Jolina Magdangal's protégé|
|Shelly Hipolito||16||Nueva Ecija|
|Roderick Paulate||Andres Vasquez||21||Taguig|
|Japs De Luna||20||Nueva Ecija||Originally Ricky Davao's protégé|
|Kelly D.||15||Pasig City|
|Vien Alen King||19||Quezon Province|
|Episode #||Episode title||Original air date|
|1||"#ProtegeTop20"||August 5, 2012|
|The final twenty protégés were revealed.|
|2||"#ProtegeBattleNight"||August 12, 2012|
|The finalists were tasked to do a musical. The said performances were the bases of the judges' verdict to determine who would be in the bottom two per region. The bottom ten (2 per region) have to defend their slot in the next gala night in order to stay in the competition. The losing protégé will be sent home.|
|3||"#ProtegeShowdown"||August 19, 2012|
|The bottom ten performed individually. The judges voiced out their opinions about who stood out more but the decision was from the mentors of whom they would save.|
|4||"#ProtegeMaryaSerye"||August 26, 2012|
The top 15 protégés were featured in five short films with special guest celebrity, Diamond Star Ms. Maricel Soriano. Under the helm of Prix de la mise en scène awardee at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Brillante Mendoza and written by Palanca awardee Floy Quintos. Special awards were given to outstanding protégés:
These awards guaranteed them an automatic save from elimination.
|5||"#ProtegeShock"||September 2, 2012|
Each protégé was paired to a protégé from another mentor; each pair performed a duo in front of the judges.
The show revealed the first 2 "shocks": First, there will be four protégés who will be eliminated during the night, and second was that the mentors have to choose one of their protégés to stay under their guidance. Because of the unexpected twists, the mentors were not able to decide on who they will choose.
|6||"#ProtegeAfterShock"||September 9, 2012|
|The mentors finally chose their protégés who will stay under their guidance. Mentor Gina Alajar chose Thea Tolentino while mentor Ricky Davao chose Shelly Hipolito and mentor Jolina Magdangal chose Mikoy Morales. On the other hand, mentors Phillip Salvador and Roderick Paulate have only one protégé left each. As the gala night ends, the mentor chose another protégé from the other mentor's former protégés, signalling that that was the third "shock". The judges' role was to give their opinion to the mentors of who should be with whom.|
|7||"#ProtegeMentorBattle"||September 16, 2012|
|The protégés, together with their mentors, performed on stage.|
|8||"#ProtegeKapusoMatch"||September 23, 2012|
|The protégés showed their hosting skills to their guests, Ms. Lolit Solis and Bea Binene. Ms. Lolit Solis and Bea must portray a rude guest to test the protégés' ability in hosting especially with those kind of interviewees. On the gala night, the protégés performed on stage partnered by a Kapuso star. Elle Ramirez was paired to Mark Herras, Japs De Luna with Wynwyn Marquez, Shelly Hipolito to Rocco Nacino, Bryan Benedict to Kris Bernal, Zandra Summer to Aljur Abrenica, Thea Tolentino to Alden Richards, Mikoy Morales to Julie Anne San Jose, Jeric Gonzales with Louise delos Reyes and Ruru Madrid was partnered to Barbie Forteza.|
|9||"#ProtegeSwitch"||September 30, 2012|
|A mentor has to give a task to the other mentor's protégé. The protégés are generally showed their singing skills.|
|10||"#ProtegeNation"||October 7, 2012|
|The performances of the protégés were based from the requests of their respective fans. The mentors from season 1 (Aiza Seguerra, Claire de la Fuente, Imelda Papin, Jaya, Jay-R and Joey Generoso with Verni Varga) performed with the protégés on the gala night.|
|11||"#ProtegeFinalBattle"||October 14, 2012|
|This week was the first part of The Final Battle. The challenges that were given to the protégés were to be from the judges. Judge Annette Abrogar gave a challenge to Jeric Gonzales and Zandra Summer; judge Cherie Gil assigned the tasks to Thea Tolentino and Mikoy Morales; judge Bert de Leon to Ruru Madrid and judge Joey de Leon to Elle Ramirez.|
|12||"#ProtegeFinalResults"||October 21, 2012|
|The final challenge was an acting challenge for the remaining six finalists. Jeric Gonzales portrayed Errol Ochoa in Coffee Prince, which is portrayed by Benjamin Alves. Zandra Summer, on the other hand, portrayed the lead role as Magdalena Fuentebella-Soriano in Magdalena, which is originally portrayed by Bela Padilla. Mikoy Morales played Mikael Daez's character in Sana ay Ikaw na Nga as Carlos Miguel Altamonte; while Elle Ramirez played Lualhati Salvador in Aso ni San Roque, which is originally portrayed by LJ Reyes. Ruru Madrid played the character of Derrick Monasterio as Iñigo Villamor in Paroa: Ang Kuwento ni Mariposa with Barbie Forteza. Thea Tolentino shared the scene with Heart Evangelista as the latter's younger sister, Luna Sandoval in Luna Blanca, which is originally portrayed by Bianca King.|
|Did not Perform||Safe||Safe First||Safe Last||Eliminated|
|3-6||Ruru Madrid||Bottom 2||Bottom 5||Bottom 2||Runners-up|
|Zandra Summer||Bottom 2||CW|
|7||Japs De Luna||Bottom 2||Bottom 3||Bottom 5||Bottom 3||Elim|
|8||Bryan Benedict||CW||Bottom 5||Bottom 3||Elim|
|9||Shelly Hipolito||Bottom 5||Bottom 5||Elim|
|10||Arny Ross||Bottom 2||Elim|
|11-14||Vien Alen King||Bottom 2||Bottom 3||Elim|
|David John Llanas|
|16-20||Mitch Capili||Bottom 2||Elim|
|Kelly D.||Bottom 2|
|Mykel Ong||Bottom 2|
|Glenn Roy||Bottom 2|
|Apple Vega||Bottom 2|
^Note 1 There was no elimination held but the Bottom 2 from each region were chosen.
^Note 2 The bottom two protégés (from each region) competed between each other to defend their slot.
^Note 3 The challenge winners were the protégés who received special awards and were granted an immunity from elimination for that week.
^Note 4 As part of the shock, the mentors had to choose a new protege from the other "mentor less proteges" who performed that night. The gala night was a non-elimination night.
^Note 5 That gala night was already the first part of The Final Battle.
Awards and nominationsEdit
- 10th Golden Screen TV Awards 2013
- Outstanding Original Reality Competition Program Host Winner- Dingdong Dantes
- 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television 2013
- "Pansin na pansin ang kakaiba nilang closeness aktres nagkakagusto sa kapwa aktres!". Pilipino Star Ngayon. May 5, 2012.
- "'Protégé' – in search of new stars". The Manila Times. May 27, 2012. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012.
- Rula, Gorgy. "Phillip, Gina at Ricky, mentors sa 'Protégé'". Abante Tonite.
- "PR: 'Protégé' Aspirants In Short Films With Maricel Soriano". August 5, 2012.
- Jaramillo, Monching (August 24, 2012). "Maricel Soriano impressed with Protégé contestants: "Talaga namang on your toes sila lahat. Wala naman akong masabi."". Philippine Entertainment Portal.